VNA or Private Care? How to Choose the Right Home Care

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VNA or Private Care? Good question. Seeking home care can be an overwhelming experience for those who are unaware of the types of care available or their eligibility for that care.

Visiting Nurses Associations (VNA’s) and Private Care Organizations (PCO’s) can make life easier.

Many people who may qualify for home care for themselves or someone they know may put it off for fear of loss of independence, or confusion about which type of care is right for them, or when to hire a home health aide.

If caring for your older loved ones becomes difficult, when equipped with the proper knowledge, VNAs and PCOs can make life easier for those who may have issues caring for themselves or accomplishing small tasks in their homes.

VNA vs. Private Care: What’s the difference?

VNA visiting senior womenWhile VNA and Private Care have similar concepts, each differs in specific services and insurance requirements.

  • VNA services are for those with specific medical needs who are referred by doctors to receive care processed through the client’s health insurance.
  • Private Care provides similar services to VNA care but tends to focus on assisting with challenges presented by medical conditions rather than treatment of the medical conditions.

Private Care does not require a doctor’s referral and is not typically covered by insurance.

Before selecting VNA or Private Care services for yourself or someone you care for, you should familiarize yourself each of the services and their offerings.

Benefits of VNA Care

Reading blood pressureVNA professionals are devoted to meeting the diverse needs of people choosing to receive care in the comfort of their own homes. They work with your physician to provide you with a dynamic blend of rehabilitative, nursing, social service, and specialized care.

The collaboration allows them to create a care plan for every patient that sets specific goals and is tailored to each person’s unique, individual needs and situation.

Through evaluation, treatment, and coordination of the healthcare services needed, VNA nurses work closely with the patient, their family, and their physician to enhance the person’s quality of life.

VNA services: What does a visiting nurse do?

Some VNA services include, but are not limited to:

  • Post-operative care
  • Advanced wound care
  • Chronic disease management and education, for diseases such as cardiac disease, COPD, diabetes, and asthma
  • Pain management
  • Medication reconciliation, management, and education
  • Maternal and child health nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Medical social services
  • Home health aides
  • Personal care
  • 24/7 vital monitoring
  • Fall prevention program

To receive VNA services the patient must be homebound and under the care of a physician, so the physician can confirm the healthcare services being requested are medically necessary.

Benefits of Private Care Options

Salmon VNA & HospicePrivate Care aims to meet the changing needs of people choosing to remain in their private residences as they age.

Private care can improve life for our clients and their families in a number of ways. Home Health Aides, Personal Care Homemakers and Homemaker/Companions can assist with the following.

Private Care services: What does a home care aide do?

  • Post-operative care and medical monitoring
  • Medication reminders
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia care
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • 24-hour-a-day care
  • Transportation
  • Respite care
  • Grocery and prescription pickup
  • Personal dressing, grooming, and bathing
  • Pet care
  • Meal preparation
  • Other assistance as needed

Private Care is privately paid by the client to the Private Care agency, so you do not need a referral from the doctor or your insurance to receive these services.

Need help deciding?

Caring for a loved one can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. And loved ones fare better when you care for a loved one, and yourself in the process.

For more information, or additional help deciding if VNA or Private Care is right for you, contact us by calling 508-473-0862 or visit